This site focuses on Mount Sutro Cloud Forest, but in the past we’ve digressed into other areas of environmental and public interest. We discussed butterflies, herbicides, and even a particularly egregious study that attempted to indicate that cats were major killers of birds though their data actually disproved the claim.
Today’s digression is on a much more serious topic. We’re moved and upset by what has surfaced about the risk to African-Americans adults and even children as a result of embedded prejudice. It’s increasingly clear that across large parts of the country, they cannot take for granted the simple liberties and courtesies that most others expect as a right. We’ve been dismayed by mothers and fathers saying they have to have “The Talk” with their children at increasingly early ages. We’re dismayed that such a Talk is necessary. There’s discussion of a post-racial society; clearly, we are not there.
As our cities rise in protest, we want to declare our solidarity with those who agitate: The Black Lives Matter movement; the Medical Students’ Die-In; and all those who fight the injustice that imperils our communities of color.
We stand with them.